Changing Landscape on the High Line

by KATHY RUGH

New York City is always going through a state of flux. A more recent change in the city is the development of the High Line. This urban park is a popular destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike as it offers a bit of nature and urban development (or redevelopment) in one. BKC has even held our On-Location photography classes at this inspiring space.

Back in 2001 and 2002, before the High Line became what it is today, photographer Joel Sternfeld explored these run down railroad tracks overgrown with local vegetation. Using an 8x10 large format camera he documented this rarely explored landscape.

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Looking at his collection of photographs it’s hard to imagine the High Line so empty and quiet. Yet, even with it’s current bustling atmosphere the park still offers stunning views and remains an escape from the rush of cars below.

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These images helped influence the revival and redevelopment of the High Line to become the park we can all enjoy today. An extensive collection of photographs from this series has been compiled into the book “Walking the High Line”.